Report: Newcastle eye profit from outcast as reasonable price tag slapped on summer exit
Newcastle United are eyeing up a profit from the potential summer sale of Mats Selz as they slap a £5.2million (€6million) price tag on the head of the goalkeeper, according to a report.
Belgian newspaper DH claim on their website that the Magpies spent around £4.7million on snapping up the 26-year-old from KAA Gent in the summer of 2016 but after a difficult first year in England, shipped him out on loan to Anderlecht during last pre-season transfer window.
With 27 appearances across all competitions under his belt for the Belgian side, it is said that Newcastle are seeking to recoup more than they spent on him, with the £5.2million asking price a reasonable deal for a regular member of the Belgium national squad and a goalkeeper with Champions League experience this season.
He managed just 14 appearances for the Magpies last season, and with the arrival of Martin Dubravka during January, his chances of rescuing his Newcastle career seem slim.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle should be able to find at least one suitor for Sels’ capture with what is a pretty reasonable price tag on the 26-year-old’s head, although his wages might pose an issue for clubs in lesser leagues. He will be wanting to play regular football, so he may well be willing to take a wage cut, but in cannot be too drastic or he would just continue to either sit at St James’ Park getting paid what he is currently, or head out on loan where the Magpies might still have to pay part of his full wages. Either way, his career at Newcastle looks as good as dead, and it is probably for the best after he failed to convince anyone of his abilities while on Tyneside.
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